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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DIY: Reversible Baby Dress

Can you believe that I made something for a girl?

This tiny little jumper was a gift for my dear friend Amber and her soon-to-arrive baby girl, Mary Katelyn. Mary Katelyn will be Amber's third child, following two little boys who are some of my kids' very favorite pals. So pink and rick-rack and frilly-ness is a new adventure for her--and in my opinion, she deserves to be showered with it!

I had no idea how much easier (and therefore, fun!) it is to make girl clothes. If it weren't for the rick-rack, this little number would have taken me a hour flat--cutting included! The best part, though, was holding it up at the end and thinking how tiny and feminine it was. I showed Jim, and the first thing [the consummate boy dad] said was, "Oh--could we have one, too?" I told him that trick was in his bag, not mine:).

To make the jumper, I used Holly and Hunter's Jumper and Playsuit pattern in size 1 to get a basic shape, then adjusted the front neckline to match the back and the straps to match my DIY John John  pattern. I had actually intended to free hand the design from a john john pattern until my generous (and more experienced) next door neighbor offered this cute pattern. I'm glad she did--otherwise, poor Mary Katelyn would likely have had a pretty dress in all the wrong proportions.

The fabric came from a sweet heirloom sewing shop called the Smock Shoppe in Dothan, AL, our mid-way stop en route to the beach. I found out about it from a post on Fly Through Our Window last year and, because it's surprisingly hard to find classic children's fabrics in Atlanta, bookmarked it for our next trip down to the Gulf Coast. I'm so glad I did--they carry a wide variety of Fabric Finders fabrics, which are among my very favorites for little boys (I hope you'll see them in some projects for the fall!). Although Mary Katelyn will be born in September, I wanted to make her something in a girly, soft pink, so I picked this pink dot on white and a fine, pink-and-white gingham. I love how the gingham shows through the white fabric, giving it a very faint color.

Despite a few rick-rack errors (I may need a tutorial in trim application), I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I love that I was able to make something by hand for Amber. I might like an excuse to make more girl clothes!

Happy Wednesday, friends.


  1. I absolutely love it! It's so cute hanging in the closet and I can't wait to see her wear it! Thanks again!